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Nasheed's 'land grab' allegation 'groundless': China

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The here today rejected former Maldivian Mohamed Nasheed's allegation of "land grab" in the strategically located Maldivian islands, dubbing it as "false and groundless".

Without naming China, Nasheed, who is currently in Colombo, had accused "a large, emerging power" of "land grab" in the island and buying up its sovereignty.

of the here Ji Rong issued a statement refuting Nasheed's remarks.

Recently, former Maldivian Nasheed made a lot of "false remarks" in the Indian media, he said.

Nasheed "pointed fingers at the practical cooperation between and and alleged that engaged in so called 'land grabbing' of Maldivian islands, which undermines the security of the region. These allegations are apparently groundless with no regard to facts," Ji said.

The also said that in recent years, on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and have been cooperating on infrastructure and livelihood projects, which has played a "positive role" in transforming and upgrading the latter's economy and improving its people's livelihood.

"They have been widely welcomed by the Maldivian people. As a matter of fact, when Nasheed was the president, and had already launched relevant cooperation projects. The 'land grabbing' allegation by Nasheed is apparently meant to serve certain political purposes of him," the statement said.

Nasheed, in his remarks, had said it was important to vote out as "a large, emerging power is busy buying up the Buying up our islands, buying up our key infrastructure, and effectively buying up our sovereignty. This land grab is very worrying."

On the current political turmoil in Maldives, the Chinese Embassy said believes the current situation in is the internal matter of the country and should be properly resolved through dialogue and negotiation by various parties in the country.

"We believe the Maldivian and people have the wisdom and ability to properly handle the problems they face and restore order in the country according to law," Ji said.

The island nation, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of Nasheed in 2012, plunged into chaos early this month when the apex court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

had earlier described as a matter of "concern" the arrests of the and political figures there.

However, earlier this week, the had revoked its order on the release of the opposition politicians.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 20:40 IST